One teaspoon of sugar has 16 calories (4 grams of sugar). If you drink one or two cups of coffee with one teaspoon of sugar in each, the calories consumed from this is minimal. However, in comparison, one 20 oz Coke has 65 grams of sugar which would be approximately 260 calories from sugar. That is about 16 teaspoons in one serving - this is a ridiculous amount of sugar! (Measure it out of you are curious to see how much this really is.)
Try to avoid added sugar as much as possible. The American Heart Association recommends a TOTAL of 6 tsp of added sugar a day for women and 9 tsp per day for men. Less is better. Here is more info if you would like to read it: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyDietGoals/Sugars-and-Carbohydrates_UCM_303296_Article.jsp
- A little sugar in coffee each day is probably not worth worrying about.
- Use half the amount of sugar that is called for in recipes.
- Read labels, you might be surprised to see the foods that contain sugar.
- If you are diabetic, using artificial sweeteners such as Splenda or stevia can be helpful in controlling your blood sugar, but remember everything in moderation! Sugar alcohols such as mannitol and sorbitol do contain some carbohydrate will raise your blood sugar levels, but probably less than regular sugar (sucrose), so check your sugar after consuming to get an idea of how they affect you.
- Splenda and stevia are probably the safest artificial sweeteners. However, we don't really have good data of the effects for long term use, especially if you are consuming a lot of it. Here is a link with more info about artificial sweeteners: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/artificial-sweeteners/MY00073
- If you want something sweet, try eating a piece of fruit!